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Preparing for Physical Therapy: Questions to Ask

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

First time considering physical therapy? Need help with figuring out the right questions to ask? No worries! Here is a breakdown of the questions to ask from general questions about physical therapy to asking about your physical therapist, questions about the sessions to recovery, and of course cost and insurance.

General Questions to Ask About Physical Therapy

  1. Do you commonly treat my condition?

  2. How can/is physical therapy going to help me?

  3. Will PT be painful?

  4. What do you expect from me?

  5. What level of discomfort or pain can I expect during each physical therapy session?

Questions to Ask About Physical Therapy Sessions

  1. How early do I need to show up for my sessions?

  2. What is the cancellation policy?

  3. What happens if I am a no-show and forget to call ahead?

  4. What should I wear to my physical therapy sessions?

  5. What will my physical therapy sessions entail?

  6. What specific type of physical therapy will be provided for my condition?

  7. How long is each visit?

  8. How long does each session last?

Questions to Ask About the Physical Therapist

  1. Will I have the same therapist at each session?

  2. How much experience do they have?

  3. How well-liked are they?

Questions to Ask About Physical Therapy Recovery

  1. When can I expect to see results from physical therapy?

  2. How many times a week must I come to get results?

  3. Can I do any exercises at home?

  4. What’s wrong with me/Why do I hurt?

  5. How did this happen and how can I fix it?

  6. How long will it take to get me better?

Questions to Ask About Cost and Coverage for Physical Therapy Sessions

  1. Do you accept my insurance?

  2. How much does my insurance cover?

  3. What is the cost for each session?

  4. Do you accept payment plans?

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